Abigail Klein Leichman
July 17, 2023

The maternity department at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the busiest in Israel, handling more than 22,000 births every year at its main and satellite hospitals in Jerusalem.

Yet even here, the arrival of seven pairs of twins – that’s 14 babies, all doing well – in a single 24-hour period between July 12 and 13 was a noteworthy event.

For those with a more spiritual bent it’s also a lucky number. In numerology, 14 represents new beginnings and positive change.

A hospital spokesman told ISRAEL21c that this represents a new record for the medical center. “In recent recorded memory, the previous high was five [sets of twins in one day],” he said.

The birth mothers included Jewish and Arab women from Jerusalem and beyond.

7 sets of twins born in 24 hours at one Israeli hospital
This Muslim mom gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl — in Jerusalem on July 12. Photo courtesy of SZMC

One of the moms, Ma’ayan Luzon Peretz, said she’d come “from afar” to deliver her “two sweeties” because she’d had a previous positive experience giving birth at Shaare Zedek. 

7 sets of twins born in 24 hours at one Israeli hospital
The Luzon Peretz family just got bigger by two. Photo courtesy of SZMC

She arrived for the big occasion in style, with the nails of one hand polished blue and the nails of the other pink, in honor of the son and daughter she was soon to deliver with her husband at her side.

7 sets of twins born in 24 hours at one Israeli hospital
Ma’ayan Luzon Peretz matching her boy-and-girl manicured hands to her newborns. Photo courtesy of SZMC

Another mother told reporters that she had waited 12 years for her first child, and now, three years later, was excited to add a pair of twins to the family she and her husband had yearned for so long to build.

Shaare Zedek has six maternity wards in all: four at the main Shaare Zedek Medical Center campus in Beit HaKerem and another two at downtown Bikur Cholim Hospital, a dedicated maternity hospital. 

In June 2022, ISRAEL21c reported that identical twins Yael Yishai and Avital Segel gave birth to baby boys on the same day at Shaarei Zedek.

7 sets of twins born in 24 hours at one Israeli hospital
Identical twins Yael Yishai and Avital Segel delivered boys within hours of one another at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of SZMC

The medical center recently opened a boutique maternity hotel where new mothers can spend a few pampering days with their new baby after being discharged from the hospital.

Throughout Israel, 178,000 babies were born in 2022 according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

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